Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Essential Legal Documents Workshop
Join us tomorrow evening, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. for our Essential Legal Documents Workshop. Estate Planning & Elder Law Attorney Julie Low, of the Law Office of Julie Low, will be the speaker. Click here for more information and to register or call 978-922-8800.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
What are the Essential Legal Documents?
Most people think if you have a Last Will & Testament and/or a Trust, then your estate plan is complete. Come to our Essential Legal Documents Workshop on Thursday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. and learn why your estate plan is not complete without Power of Attorney, Healthcare Proxy, HIPAA Authorization & Living Will documents. This complimentary workshop will be presented by Estate Planning & Elder Law Attorney Julie Low of the Law Office of Julie Low. It will be hosted by Emeritus Cherry Hill at 220 Conant Street in Danvers. Click here to register or call 978-922-8800.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Fact or Fiction: Estate Planning Demystified!
Now is a great time to start the estate planning process. Begin by attending one of Julie Low’s complimentary workshops, Fact or Fiction: Estate Planning Demystified! Our next workshop dates are Wednesday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 7 at 10 a.m. Click here to register or call 978-922-8800.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Visit EstatePlanning.com™ for a Wealth of Consumer Information!
My firm's membership in WealthCounsel® and ElderCounsel® was one of the best decisions I made when I started my law practice in 2010. Yes, it was a huge financial investment and even a little scary because I didn't even have a single client lined up, but one I felt was necessary to provide clients with the best planning experience possible.
These companies equip me to serve my clients with the highest standards of practice excellence by providing a collegial nationwide network of estate planning and elder law attorneys from which to draw upon; drafting software programs that create the most comprehensive, thorough, and customized estate plans for my clients; and continuing education to ensure that I stay up to date with changes in the law and the latest trends in estate planning.
Now my clients and /or prospective clients can also enjoy the benefits of my membership by visiting EstatePlanning.com™, a website designed with the estate planning client audience in mind. EstatePlanning.com™ provides my clients with opportunities to learn more about estate planning, to attend free webinars, such as the one coming up on Friday, June 21st entitled, "Life Expectancy and Health Care Planning," download a free "Six-Step Checklist Toward Successful Estate Planning," or learn why most estate planning attorneys think that DIY or online wills and trusts are a huge mistake!
One of my favorite quotes is "Whatever you are, be a good one." WealthCounsel® and ElderCounsel® are just two of the many tools I use in my practice to be sure I am a good estate planning, special needs planning and elder law attorney!
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
"Planning" vs. "Crisis"
We predominantly get two types of calls at the Law Office of Julie Low. One is for "planning" and the other is for "crisis". Estate "planning" involves the creation of specific documents such as a Will, a Trust, Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, HIPAA Authorization and Living Will. Having all these documents in place empowers your family members to act on your behalf if you are unable to do do. We get "crisis" calls when these specific documents are not in place, a loved one is anticipating a move to a skilled nursing facility, and there is fear of losing all assets to pay for that care. Although we love "planning" calls, we are uniquely equipped to handle crisis calls, too. If you would like to learn more about estate planning, then please attend one of our bi-monthly workshops, Fact or Fiction: Demystifying Estate Planning. To see our upcoming schedule of workshops and/or to register, please click on Workshops at the top of this website.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
What is a Power of Attorney & Who Needs One?
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. At the Law Office of Julie Low, we often get calls from people who haven’t done any estate planning and now find themselves in a crisis situation with regards to a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease. If you become sick or disabled, either temporarily or permanently, who will make financial decisions for you? A Power of Attorney allows you to appoint someone you trust to do just that. If you cannot pay bills, get records or make other financial decisions due to physical or mental limitations, your family may be prevented from helping you. Arranging for a Power of Attorney now can save the $4000-$5000 in legal fees that a conservatorship or guardianship process can cost. To learn more about Power of Attorney and other important estate planning documents, please attend one of our educational workshops. Dates, times and further information are available here. Or log on to www.lawofficeofjulielow.com and click on Seminars. To learn more about National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, click here!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Autumn Begins September 22!
Kids going back to school, apple picking, hay rides, cider donuts, football, estate planning and fall foliage. One of these things is not like the other! If you guessed estate planning, you’re right! However, what you may not realize is that autumn is a great time to start thinking about what you can do to protect your family in the case of an untimely and potentially devastating event. Having your affairs in order is a labor of love. Call the Law Office of Julie Low today at 978-922-8800 and ask us about our free estate planning workshops coming up in October and how to arrange for a free one-hour consultation. It’s the first step in creating peace of mind for you and your family.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Julie Low to Speak at Sunrise Senior Living in Lynnfield!
It’s Sunrise Spirit Week at Sunrise Senior Living in Lynnfield. They are celebrating their community activities that are designed to enrich the mind, body and spirit. They are offering tours of their community, so you can see how their residents truly experience the joy of every day. And one of their activities this week features our very own, Attorney Julie Low!
On Saturday, September 15 from 2:00–3:30 p.m., Attorney Julie Low of the Law Office of Julie Low and Michael Murray, a Financial Planner at Peabody Financial Services are holding a joint seminar entitled: Affording Senior Living Options . They will speak on estate planning & the financial options that make assisted living & other long term care options possible. RSVP today for this free event by calling (781) 245-0668 or email: Lynnfield.DCR2@SunriseSeniorLiving.com.
Sunrise Senior Living is located at 55 Salem Street, Lynnfield, MA.
Monday, June 04, 2012
June 6th Seminar No longer available!
Notice: Our Thursday, June 7th workshop is no longer available! If you would like to attend one of our upcoming seminars, please let us know by sending us an email to: Contactus@lawofficeofjulielow.com and we can keep you in the loop for other upcoming events.
Our Saturday, June 23rd event is still open for registration, so if you or someone you know is interested, let us know or register on our Seminars page!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Caregiver Agreements in Current Events
The New York Times published an article earlier this month featuring an artist who acted as the primary caregiver for her developmentally disabled sister. After their mother quickly and unexpectedly passed due to pancreatic cancer, Beverly McIver began to look after and live with her older sister. This story is captured in the documentary, Raising Renee, which delves into the ups and downs of a sibling caregiver arrangement. A 10-minute segment on the radio program "The Take Away," featured on WGBH, speaks with Beverly McIver and the filmmakers to provide an empathetic view of a caregiver situation, and the impact it has on the lives involved. Even though the basis of such an arrangement is an extraordinary amount of love, it is not to say that living with it is easy.
If you are planning for a child with special needs, it is important to consider what will happen when you pass. Who will take care of your child? How can you provide for your child's wellbeing? Where will they be able to stay? What happens if your appointed caregiver or Trustee can't handle the situation? What would you do if a loved one asked such a great responsibility of you?
You shouldn't feel trapped by these questions. Use your uncertainties to guide an open discussion with whomever you are thinking of naming to provide care for your child. A Special Needs Planning attorney can help guide your discussions with your loved ones, and provide support during the difficult decisions and conversations. Oftentimes, attorneys act as co-trustees for Supplemental Needs Trusts, working closely with a family member to ensure that the emotional and logistical support is in place for the individual throughout their lifetime. Creating a partnership for the sole-benefit of your loved one is an excellent way to give yourself peace of mind, and one that can begin with a simple conversation with a Special Needs attorney. If you think that you or a loved one may benefit from Special Needs Planning, take the first step towards a better life; contact an attorney who is dedicated to finding the best possible solutions for you.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Quiz: Can my loved one stay at home alone safely?
1-18-12- Quiz: Can my loved one stay home alone safely?
Though it can be emotionally difficult, it is important to assess whether your aging parent has reached a point where they are not safe to be home alone. A Geriatric Care Manager can make this process easier for you, and may provide a variety of solutions to keep your loved one independent as long as possible. If you feel your loved one is no longer safe alone, take action immediately, and call an Elder Law Attorney and/or certified Geriatric Care Manager. Use these professionals as a network of experts in order to obtain the best care possible for your loved one.
Some questions to guide your discussion:
Quiz- Can My Loved One Stay at Home Alone?
True or False
My loved one is able to safely prepare nutritious meals.
My loved one eats and drinks well without supervision.
My loved one is steady on his or her feet.
My loved one is able to get in and out of the shower or tub safely.
My loved one keeps himself or herself clean.
My loved one can get dressed without assistance.
My loved one can get to the bathroom as necessary.
My loved one has interests and friends to keep life interesting.
My loved one is cautious with the stove, candles, irons, and other sources of heat.
My loved one is not likely to fall asleep while smoking.
My loved one does not have to navigate stairs, or if he or she does, it can be done safely.
My loved one can call someone if the need arises who can be there within a short time.
My loved one has access to transportation to the grocery store, pharmacy, doctor and dentist appointments, and social occasions.
I feel at ease during the day and sleep well at night knowing that my loved one is home alone.
As you answer each question, consider their impact on the overall health and wellbeing of your loved one. The more questions answered "False" indicates a higher probability that your loved one needs extra care and supervision. For some, an Adult Day Care Program will be sufficient, but others may need professional care provided by an Assisted Living Facility or Nursing Home. If you have concerns, reach out to an Elder Care professional. You do not need to go through this alone!
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The Law Office of Julie Low, PLLC assists clients with Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Advanced Estate Planning, Asset Protection, Special Needs Planning, Business Succession Planning, Pet Trusts, Probate and Estate Administration, Elder Law, Medicaid Planning and Veteran Benefits in Beverly, MA and throughout the North Shore including Salem, Wenham, Danvers, Peabody, Marblehead, Hamilton, South Hamilton, Manchester, Swampscott, Lynn, Topsfield, Essex, Middleton, Lynnfield, Ipswich, Saugus, Nahant, Malden, Everett, Gloucester, Medford, Melrose, Reading, North Reading, Rockport, Stoneham, Wakefield, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Amesbury, Boxford, Andover, North Andover, Georgetown, Byfield, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence and Boston in Essex County, Suffolk County and Middlesex County